TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – People in Bahrain plan to hold a massive demonstration tomorrow in the restive village of Diraz to voice their outrage over the Manama regime’s move to lay a siege on the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim’s house.
Despite the Al Khalifa regime’s intensification of security measures, people from across the Persian Gulf country plan to go to Diraz on foot and by car to hold a rally toward the house of Sheikh Qassim in the village on Thursday night.
They seek to break the Manama regime’s blockade on the neighborhood around his house.
While the siege of Diraz has been in place for more than 200 days, residents of the neighborhood are prepared to withstand even worse conditions.
The Manama regime forces have placed barricades at more than 20 entrances to Diraz, barring even the shipment of fresh water and foodstuff from entering the village.
Meanwhile, a sit-in that supporters of Sheikh Qassim have staged in front of his house to protect him against the regime forces has now entered its seventh month.
The Manama regime announced on June 20, 2016, that the citizenship of Sheikh Qassim has been revoked, accusing him of sowing sectarian divisions.
The regime later said it would put the senior cleric on trial on charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism.”
But Sheikh Qassim has not appeared in any of the court sessions in the past months.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with security forces resorting to harsh measures against demonstrators.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful protests.